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During the daily news conference at the White House on Wednesday, officials mentioned Washington, D.C; Baltimore and Philadelphia as areas of concern.
"I doubt she’s looking at numbers as updated as we are. I’m glad she’s concerned about Philadelphia. We have been hit hard so far, but at the moment things are looking a little bit better," Farley said.
Vice President Mike Pence and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf both acknowledged they spoke about getting more resources to the region.
"While it’s not good news that Philadelphia and the southeastern part of the state is seen as a hot spot, it is going to be helpful in terms of getting more attention from the federal resources and that’s a good thing,” Wolf said during his daily news conference on Wednesday.
One thing all officials agreed on, is the importance of continuing the mitigation efforts.
"Our message to the people of the Philadelphia area is now more than ever practice social distancing," Pence said.
Farley joined KYW Newsradio's Brandon Brooks on the air Thursday morning to talk about the assessment from the White House task force. Listen to the full interview above.
A lightly edited transcript follows here.
Dr. Farley, do you agree with the assessment that Philly could become a hotspot?
How will we know if Philadelphia is becoming a hot spot? And at what point will we know the curve is really flattening?
Why haven't we seen the infection rate New York has seen? Is it just that we were a few weeks behind their level of infection when we put the same measures in place?
How can we realistically expect to lift some measures, when the time comes, while preventing another spike?
The mayor's office has decided not to release data on city workers, including police officers, who have been tested and who are quarantined or isolated. Do you think there is a public interest in having that data available?
Are there specific areas of he city or neighborhoods that are seeing worse outbreaks?
The testing site at Citizens Bank Park is closing. How busy have the testing sites been? Which ones are busiest?
What percentage of the tests that are being done are coming back positive?
Are you concerned about the rate of false negatives?
Do you have any idea when those rapid tests will be widely available in the city?
Any last thoughts?